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It's About Being The Captain Of Your Story

The Captain’s Log

The Captains Log is about the journey toward ‘Being The Captain‘ of your story.

Being the captain is about knowing who you are, the path that you’re on and your strategy for getting there.

It’s about true freedom and it’s about learning how to ride the wave of resistance and reward that is life, with a smile on your face.

The Journal

The Captain’s Log Journal is the result of many years of keeping a journal, striving for a definition of success not defined by society or it’s ever changing expectations, but instead by You!

It’s a journal that aims to strike a balance between being productive and just being.

Between hitting goals and being happy with the here and now.

Brought to life on Kickstarter

The Back Story

After a poor career choice I was catapulted into a work-life I could not have cared less about. For years I accepted it as fate but I was living a meaningless life; at least thats’s the way I saw it. I couldn’t accept that this was what life was all about, there had to be more. I started to search for answers and I started to read… a lot.

From the autobiographies of top entrepreneurs like Richard Branson and Dragons Den business-men to self-help classics like Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. I was all “7 habits this, goal-setting that”. I couldn’t get enough.

Success was on the brain and gradually my mind started to open. Old thought patterns began to disintegrate and new possibilities and opportunities started to unfold.

This is when I began setting goals and keeping a journal. You know the drill, a few lines of reflection at the end of each day asking where was I going in life, what were my goals etc

It worked… in a way. Within about 6 months I had thought myself programming, changed careers and things were certainly looking up.

The problem was that the feeling of hitting a goal was almost always short lived. There was always another goal to take its place and this thing called ‘success’ was still no where to be found; like Bono – I still hadn’t found what I was looking for.

The search deepened. Now my reading had moved from business to philosophy and spirituality. I was no longer satisfied that material accomplishments alone were the answer, I had deeper questions (and still do).

It was a little strange though, as I had ended up having everything I had always wished for just a few years previous but yet somehow I didn’t feel fulfilled or ‘successful’. Instead I still felt inadequate and in-complete! Something was missing.

Then one day something clicked. I began to realise just how conditioned my idea of success actually was. It wasn’t even mine, it was societies. I was misguided.

It was now crystal clear to me that outward ‘success’ does not result in fulfilment or happiness, true ‘success’ does and must. Therefore true success must be largely internal, something to be cultivated or discovered within.

The problem was, I was too wrapped up in achieving goals; getting busy being busy without ever really asking WHY? There was little depth or meaning behind what I was doing and the answer was not to be found in travelling the world or in a better profession with more money. Believe me I tried.

What was missing was a balance between being productive and just being; Between hitting goals and being happy with here and now.

I created the Captains log as a tool to help strike this balance. It’s no magic pill, just a tool that will help you to live a more balanced and happy life.

The Mission

The Captain’s Log is the first step of my newly discovered purpose: to create things that inspire people to find purpose and break through their self-created limitations and live a life of true freedom.

So many of us build walls around our capabilities that we seriously handicap ourselves before we even get started. Surely a common goal in life must be to live up to our potential. If it is then breaking down these walls must be the first step.

I also strongly believe there needs to be a greater focus on knowing the ‘WHY’ behind our actions and goals. Knowing it so well that it will lead great achievements while avoiding what is not worth our time. It’s easy to ‘get busy’ but if the foundation of purpose is missing from all of this activity, what’s the point?

Success to me no longer means fame, money or a comfortable lifestyle. It means living a life of purpose while aspiring for self-mastery because, as the old adage goes – ‘no man is free who is not master of himself’.

My Bio

After a poor career choice I was catapulted into a work-life I could not have cared less about. For years I accepted it as fate but I was living a meaningless life; at least thats’s the way I saw it. I couldn’t accept that this was what life was all about, there had to be more. I started to search for answers and I started to read… a lot.

From the autobiographies of top entrepreneurs like Richard Branson and Dragons Den business-men to self-help classics like Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. I was all “7 habits this, goal-setting that”. I couldn’t get enough.

Success was on the brain and gradually my mind started to open. Old thought patterns began to disintegrate and new possibilities and opportunities started to unfold.

This is when I began setting goals and keeping a journal. You know the drill, a few lines of reflection at the end of each day asking where was I going in life, what were my goals etc

It worked… in a way. Within about 6 months I had thought myself programming, changed careers and things were certainly looking up.

The problem was that the feeling of hitting a goal was almost always short lived. There was always another goal to take its place and this thing called ‘success’ was still no where to be found; like Bono – I still hadn’t found what I was looking for.

The search deepened. Now my reading had moved from business to philosophy and spirituality. I was no longer satisfied that material accomplishments alone were the answer, I had deeper questions (and still do).

It was a little strange though, as I had ended up having everything I had always wished for just a few years previous but yet somehow I didn’t feel fulfilled or ‘successful’. Instead I still felt inadequate and in-complete! Something was missing.

Then one day something clicked. I began to realise just how conditioned my idea of success actually was. It wasn’t even mine, it was societies. I was misguided.

It was now crystal clear to me that outward ‘success’ does not result in fulfilment or happiness, true ‘success’ does and must. Therefore true success must be largely internal, something to be cultivated or discovered within.

The problem was, I was too wrapped up in achieving goals; getting busy being busy without ever really asking WHY? There was little depth or meaning behind what I was doing and the answer was not to be found in travelling the world or in a better profession with more money. Believe me I tried.

What was missing was a balance between being productive and just being; Between hitting goals and being happy with here and now.

I created the Captains log as a tool to help strike this balance. It’s no magic pill, just a tool that will help you to live a more balanced and happy life.

Kieran Butler

Kieran Butler

The Captain

Freelance web developer, aspiring entrepreneur, writer and yogi. I create to inspire. My mission in life is to help people to breakthrough their self-created limitations and live a life of true freedom. I’ve travelled all over the world and Ireland is where I call home, it’s hard to beat. @thekieranbutler

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